The latest Bruce Highway fatality, recorded on Monday, occurred when a man in a station wagon collided with a truck near an on-ramp near Maryborough.
“Any loss of life on our roads is tragic, but seven deaths on the Bruce in seven days, is simply shocking. We need Governments to continue investment in upgrades to provide a safer and more forgiving road environment on one of our busiest highways,” Mr Spalding said.
“Safety improvements like widening roads and wide centrelines, clearing roadsides and installing safety barriers and putting in overtaking lanes are simple things that can be done to improve the condition of particular sections of the Bruce Highway.
“However, motorists also need to do their bit. Drive to the conditions, especially at night or in other adverse weather conditions, share the drive if possible and plan rest stops if you’re travelling long distances.
“Make sure you abide by the Fatal Five messages an always wear a seat belt, don’t speed, don’t drink or drug drive, don’t drive tired or distracted.”
Mr Spalding said the major issues along the Bruce Highway were due to high speeds, motorists driving long distances, and that the road is a lower quality and has a lack of safe road design features in particular sections.
“Most crashes on high speed, undivided highways are run-off road, intersection and head-on crashes,” Mr Spalding said.
“Our recent survey of the Bruce Highway, looking at casualty crashes, revealed the highest priorities were sections between Brisbane and Gin Gin, north and south of Mackay, and between Townsville and Ingham.”
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